Getting the Gospel Right
Chuck Collins, as usual, gets the Gospel right:
“But, in fact, WWJD is what Michael Horton calls “easy-listening legalism.” It’s about becoming a better you (didn’t Joel Osteen write a book with this title?). It’s a sly way of replacing Jesus as Savior with Jesus as example, and sin and redemption with moral improvement. THAT’S SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS!!
The gospel is not about you. It’s about what Jesus Christ has done for you when you couldn’t and didn’t measure up. The Law shows your need for a savior, it states the demands for behavioral purity, but it can’t accomplish what it demands. So what do Christians typically do? Buy a WWJD bracelet (they are cheap on Ebay), rededicate yourself to moral improvement, and join a church that preaches “try harder” and “keep your chin up” sermons.
But now that I think about it, WWJD might just be what the doctor ordered. If it leads me to the point of despairing of my utter inability to live up to Jesus’ example, “wretched man that I am!” (Rom 7:24), and causes me to cry out as a drowning man to the one who can save me from my inability to keep the law, then it’s a good thing. Maybe what we need is a fresh encounter with the law in fire-hydrant force – not only bracelets, but WWJD earrings, bellybutton studs, tattoos, and bumper-stickers…more”
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